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Yorkie

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Replacement tech
« on: February 28, 2020, 21:45 »
Hi All, would value your thoughts on 3 linked questions that have cropped up with my Mum's current and potential replacement phone / tablet kit.  Thanks in advance.

Her current kit:
  • Mum has an ancient iPad2, which is still working OK except for Safari - which seems to close after a few seconds and reverts the iPad2 to an old screensaver photo.  So she's thinking of replacing it.
  • She also has a non-smart mobile phone, which she is thinking of replacing with a smartphone.
  • She also has an old Fuji camera, which she thinks doesn't take great photos (there's probably an element of truth to this, but also an element of operator competence).

1. We have agreed that the iPad needs to be replaced, whether with another iPad or another make.  Am I right in thinking that the vast majority of tablets are Android operating system?  Any suggestions as to good Android makes?  She's not wedded to the Apple brand as it's so much more expensive than the alternatives.

2. She is minded to get a phone that has a decent enough camera to replace her existing standalone camera.  I have pointed out that you generally need to pay a lot of money to get the sort of camera quality - at night time, speed, etc. as well as during the day - she thinks she wants, so  this is not necessarily a good strategy. 

She also thinks that she will get a lot more phone for her money if she pays a lot more. Given that she's a bit of a technophobe who will not use even 20% of the phone's functionality, I've tried to tell her that a relatively basic smartphone in the 100-200 price bracket would give her everything - apart from the camera - that she will ever need for her usage.  (For example, I've been really happy with my Motorola G Play 6 apart from its camera, which is a compromise I was willing to make).

Any thoughts on this too?

3. Finally, I know that Apple devices talk to each other and can be synced etc.  But what about Android?  Do devices using the Android operating system sync, or do they have to be from the same maker (e.g. a Samsung phone and tablet)?  Or is this irrelevant and you just need a @gmail.account to do so?  etc.  She currently has a yahoo email address and would probably not be interested in swapping to a gmail account as a main account (even though it's essential to get an Android device working properly).
« Last Edit: February 28, 2020, 21:46 by Yorkie »
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Re: Replacement tech
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2020, 23:01 »
Hello I'm not very good with technology but I found that my Samsung Galaxy A3 has a very good camera front and back in with o2 they offered me a tablet when I got this phone new I declined the offer has I'd just got a new lap top computer I have my phone set up as a hot spot for broad band so can take laptop out and use it where ever there's a signal it's maybe best to ask a phone providers advice the will do a good deal they're desperate for customers  jezza

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Re: Replacement tech
« Reply #2 on: February 29, 2020, 19:11 »
Yorkie, have a look at the kindle  10 i have one and my wife has, it does every thingwe want it to
wifi / bluetooth /emails just so much to explain here, i yhink it shows you on youtube,
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Re: Replacement tech
« Reply #3 on: February 29, 2020, 22:45 »
It may be worth sticking with Apple for the iPad. I know they are more expensive, but they have very good support. It may be worth calling them about your safari issue. Theyll help, and spend ages on it if need be. My daughter is using an iPad 2, and they are still helping me with its little foibles. They even call you at their expense (you book a callback)

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Re: Replacement tech
« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2020, 17:04 »
Thanks all for your helpful comments.

Wellington, is there a central Apple phone number that you've used for support, or would she need to go an Apple shop?

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Re: Replacement tech
« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2020, 22:20 »
Thanks all for your helpful comments.

Wellington, is there a central Apple phone number that you've used for support, or would she need to go an Apple shop?

You can do either. If you google apple help the support page pops up first, click on which device you want help with and book a call back or a shop appointment.  They are absolutely lovely, and give the impression that nothing is too much trouble, and will talk you through everything very thoroughly.

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Re: Replacement tech
« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2020, 08:11 »
Re your iPad 2
Safari is well integrated into iOS and if its stuck can slow up or cause slight problems with the device.
The following is a common fix for Safari doing what you are saying.

Go into the Settings.
Scroll down to the Safari tab and select it
On the right panel, scroll down to Clear History and Website Data, select it and select clear when prompted.
Its immediate, so will take you back to settings.
Power down your iPad2 at this point, leave for a few minutes and power back up again.

If you are looking for a new tablet. Apple will set you back 350, whereas an equivalent Android one will be 200+.
One that is popular and is well recommended is the Samsung Galaxy Tab A (2019) 10.1, around 199.
This tablet is currently on Android 9, but will and some have already get Android version 10.

For a smartphone, have a look at the Motorola range. They are low priced but very feature packed. Namely the Motorola g7 range like the Motorola G7 Power SIM Free.
Once again, comes with Android 9, soon to get the latest Android version 10. 129 from John Lewis.

Both of the above come with two year manufacturer guarantees.

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Re: Replacement tech
« Reply #7 on: March 02, 2020, 10:47 »
Ive no experience of android as I use my iPad & iPhone so they sinc together just fine. Im also happy with the cameras on both but Im not into nature shots/macros etc. Mine is the iPad Air & Ive had it 4ish years plus phone which is 2ish years old forget what that is 5s I think . If anything happened to my iPad Id replace it in the blink of an eye
« Last Edit: March 02, 2020, 10:48 by snowdrops »
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Re: Replacement tech
« Reply #8 on: March 02, 2020, 11:37 »
Any Android phone will sync with any other via a (free) Google account, which also allows syncing via a PC or tablet. Google Photos also gives you unlimited online storage of all your photos, and can be set to back up automatically.

Having a gmail account is optional.

Don't think she would benefit from paying for a top end phone as long as she can find one with a camera which meets her needs (even 'average' smartphone cameras nowadays are probably on a par with her current digital camera.)
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Re: Replacement tech
« Reply #9 on: March 02, 2020, 22:43 »
Thanks so much one and all  :D

Well, the deed is done and she's bought a replacement iPad.  To be honest, I personally might go for the cheaper Android tablet but she's used to the iPad and at 78 she's not that quick at picking up new technology.  At 200 miles away, I reckon I'll have fewer 'Help what do I do' calls that I can't answer!!

Just got to work out how to transfer data across etc. but will recommend the Apple support to her.

The phone is on hold for a while now.  Lettice, I completely agree re. Motorola - I'm on my second smartphone from them (Moto G6 Play) and am really happy with them; the camera is not great but at that price point you know the compromise you're making.

Thanks again.

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Re: Replacement tech
« Reply #10 on: March 02, 2020, 23:36 »
If she wants to sync the tablet with a phone she would need an iphone.
Android,hubby just bought Honor 8Sfor 90. camera is good, but no smartphone can match a proper camera



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